Until Mayor Berry of Albuquerque takes responsibility for our city and the pandemic problems we have here, things will continue to deteriorate. Berry wants to boot the car of a ‘John,’ Berry started another “plan” to deal with property crime, Berry this and Berry that… It is sickening to hear all the political garbage from Mayor Berry. Here is an idea: take ownership of the problems; be responsible and accountable. This will allow a process to take place and fix the underlying cause of the overcrowding at the jail.
The underlying problem is drugs like heroin, oxycontin and meth. We need to find an answer to these problems. Drug users do not have the money to purchase the drugs so they turn to a life of crime. They steal cars, commit burglaries, commit larcenies, commit fraud and identity theft, etc... Bottom-line; they all eventually end up in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. The end result is overcrowding.
Berry has done nothing to correct this problem or to even start to address it. We need a new mayor with an understanding of what is ailing our city and has a plan to correct the problems.
The only mayoral candidate who has a plan to address this issue is Paul Heh. One of the main prongs to Heh’s campaign is to start a drug rehabilitation center where non-violent criminals who are addicted to drugs can receive real treatment which may take up to a year. Heh understands that “locking em’ up” is not the solution but part of the problem. Heh’s plan includes an education and skills/trades component where the person will also receive a minimum of a G.E.D. and when they are released they will have the skills/trades to support themselves without returning to a life of crime. If you would like to read more on it click (HERE).
This problem IS NOT going away. It will only get worse with time and the County will be spending ten times this amount in the future. The drug inferno will only rage on and continue out of control until we elect competent leaders. Why hasn’t this mayor worked collaboratively with the County to solve the underlying problem? We all know the answer…Four more years of Berry will prove to be devastating to all of us.
The six million dollars the County is spending now is wasted. That same money could have been more wisely spent on solving the problem not treating the symptoms of the problem.
There is a saying, “If you’re not part of the solution it means your part of the problem.” Berry Bueller; Berry Bueller; Anyone? Anyone?
We need to turn our city around.